New this week
P ALAN CUMMING Legal Immigrant ñ Tour of storytelling and songs about life in his adopted homeland by the singer/performer and social activist. Jun 16 at 8 pm. $39.50-$99.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria. masseyhall.com. P BED POST: PRIDE EDITION Real-life sex stories, raunchy comedy, burlesque, drag and more. Jun 15 at 8 pm. $15. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. socap.ca. L BUG by Yolanda Bonnell (Manidoons Collective/Luminato). Poetry, prose & song explore an Indigenous woman’s journey through cycles of addiction and inter-generational trauma. Jun 20-24, Wed-Fri 8 pm, SatSun 6 pm, mat Sat 1 pm. $39 & up. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. luminatofestival.com. L BURNING DOORS (Luminato/Belarus Free Theatre). Show about the power of artistic resistance, drawing on the stories of Petr Pavlensky, Oleg Sentsov & guest Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina. Opens Jun 20 and runs to Jun 24, Wed-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1 pm. $64 & up. The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front E. luminatofestival.com. P CREME DE LA FEMME Unmarked Theatre presents a cabaret about artists’ relationship to femininity and femme identity. Jun 14 at 8 pm. $15-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com/pride. DARK DAY MONDAY 04: SELF-RECOVERY Curated performance series featuring artists who defy expectations and break boundaries, this month featuring d’bi.young anitafrika. Jun 18 at 6 pm. $15. Burdock, 1184 Bloor W. darkdaymonday.com. P I DON’T F*CK WITH YOU: THE GOTH DRAG MUSICAL (Buddies’ Queer Pride Festival). Musical celebration of the emo, the too much, the not enoughs & wearing black as a way of life. Jun 19 at 9 pm. Pwyc, adv $10. In the Chamber. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com/pride. IT’S A GODDAMN STUPID LIFE by Neal Armstrong (Imaginary Solutions). This scathing political satire is set during Donald Trump’s third term. Opens Jun 14 and runs to Jun 23, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm. $20. Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood. goddamnstupid.eventbrite.com.
P KINGS AND CLASSICS: EXISTENCE IS RESISTANCE ñ PRIDE EDITION East King Productions presents a drag king showcase, part of Buddies’ Queer Pride Festival. Jun 15 at 10:30 pm. $25, adv $18. In the Cabaret. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com/pride.
P LEILA LIVE! (Laugh with Leila Productions/Queer ñ Pride). Izad Etemadi’s solo show features the Persian princess showing off her acting, singing, rapping and dancing skills. Jun 20 at 8 pm. $15-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. bit.ly/leilapride. P OASIS LOVE by Johnny Salib. (Sisyphean Productions/Queer Pride). A lovestruck boy navigates his first serious relationship in this musical solo show. Jun 16 at 8 pm. $20-$30. In the Cabaret. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
L OUT THE WINDOW by Liza Balkan ñ
(Luminato). A fatal encounter with police raises questions about truth, memory, mental health, law and theatre in this docudrama. Jun 19-24, Tue-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39 & up. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. luminatofestival.com. NAKED CITY STORIES The terrible beauty and awful truth about our city w/ Megan Fahlenbock, Gare Joyce & guests. Jun 19 at 9:15 pm. $5. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. 416-903-5388, socap.ca. STORIES YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD Show by storytellers Sarah Abu-Sharar and Sage Tyrtle. Jun 14 at 8 pm. $10. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth. facebook.com/ events/423852931413145. L TABLES TURNED (Luminato/Tapestry Opera). Multimedia concert w/ vocalist Carla Huhtanen, percussionist Ben Reimer and turntable artist/composer Nicole Lizée. Jun 16-19, Sat-Tue at 7 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $35. Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity. luminatofestival.com. THEATRE PUB: BROS ON BROADWAY Kurtis Whittle and Paul Moody host a monthly cabaret to showcase up and coming music theatre talent. Jun 14 at 9 pm. Free. Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade. 416-864-9996. TORONTO BLOOMSDAY FESTIVAL (Anna Livia Productions). Actors and musicians re-enact scenes from James Joyce’s novel in a walk along the beach, followed by readings and music at the Beaches Library. Jun 16, 9 amnoon. Free. Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen E. 416-778-8203, torontobloomsday.com.
WICKED by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman (Mirvish). The musical that gives a backstory to The Wizard Of Oz returns. Opens Jun 20 and runs to Aug 5, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $59-$209. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria. mirvish.com.
L AT THE ILLUSIONIST’S TABLE (Luminato). Scottish illusionist Scott Silven hosts an evening of fine dining & whisky, illusion, mentalism and storytelling. To Jun 24, Tue-Sun shows at 6 and 9 pm. $225. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. luminatofestival.com. AVENGERDALE: AGE OF ARCHIE (Players). The Avengers heroes masquerade as high school teachers in T.O.’s Riverdale district in this raucous show. To Jun 16, Thu-Sat 8:30 pm. $15$25. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. playersto.com. CHICAGO by John Kander, Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse (Mirvish). A nightclub dancer is charged with murder in 1920s Chicago in this musical. To Jun 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, SatSun 2 pm. $39-$199. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria. mirvish.com.
COME FROM AWAY by Irene Sankoff and ñ
David Hein (Mirvish). With astonishing warmth, Newfoundlanders welcome traumatized passengers on planes rerouted to Gander on 9/11 in this home-grown Tony-nominated musical. The music is rollicking, the lyrics are clever and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show with more heart. The cast, doubling up
on roles as Ganderites and travellers, is uniformly excellent, especially Eliza-Jane Scott as a pilot and Kevin Vidal as a Black Brooklynite who can’t believe his hosts’ openness. The show just barrels along – even with some dark content – and you never get a chance to catch your breath. But so what? Go with the flow and enjoy. To Jan 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$169. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-8721212, mirvish.com. NNNN (Susan G Cole) L The Fever (Luminato/600 Highwaymen). This interactive show tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility. To Jun 17 daily, see website for times. $39 & up. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. luminato.com. Grease The Musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (Irregular Entertainment). This expensive, carefully choreographed revival of the 50s-set musical is one note and features uneven performances by a group of actors known mostly for their TV work. But some set pieces are terrifically staged, and the songs – including some cut from the film version – have their pastiche charm and help explain the show’s enduring appeal. Return engagement: previews from May 24, opens May 31 and runs to Jun 17, Mon-Sat 7:30 pm, mat SatSun & Wed 1:30 pm. $29-$149. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge. greaseonstage.com. NNN (Glenn Sumi) i haTe haMleT by Paul Rudnick (Scarborough Players). An actor must choose between a lauded theatre role or a glitzy TV show in this comedy. To Jun 16, see website for times. $20$24. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. theatrescarborough.com.
iNNoceNce losT: a Play abouT sTeveN ñ
TruscoTT by Beverley Cooper (Soulpepper). Cooper’s 2008 play cracks open the 1959 small-town Ontario cold case of a 12-year-old girl and the 14-year-old classmate later convicted of her murder and sentenced to death in what many came to see as a miscarriage of justice. Positioning the audience as detective, judge and jury, Cooper’s detail-rich account of the investigation, trial and aftermath dramatizes testimony from friends, family and neighbours as they relate their diverging memories, opinions and shifting conclusions of guilt or innocence. To Jun 23, see website for times. $32-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. NNNN (Jordan Bimm) iNsPiraTo FesTival Canada’s largest tenminute play festival returns, this year’s theme is All About Her. Playwrights include Nedra Roberts, Dominik Loncar, Carol Libman, John Kane, Georgette Kelly and others.To Jun 16, see website for schedule. $15-$20. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley. theatreinspirato.ca.
la bêTe by David Hirson (Soulpepper). ñ
Hirson’s 1991 homage to classic French farce gets a jolt of revelance; its plot about a vain, boorish writer/actor (Gregory Prest) who cons hits way into a 17th-century court comments on both Trump and the company’s own disgraced former artistic director. Sometimes the laughs feel forced, but under director Tanja Jacobs the leads are strong and the design is full of nice touches. To Jun 22, see website for times. $32-$96. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House. 416-8668666, soulpepper.ca. NNNN (Glenn Sumi) a MidsuMMer NiGhT’s dreaM by William Shakespeare (Bard in the Park). The classic romance is set in modern-day Athens University during Frosh Week. To Jun 17, Mon-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Pwyc. Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen E. bardinthepark.com. Molly blooM adapted by Jocelyn Adema (Fourth Gorgon Theatre). A woman tries to make sense of her life. To Jun 16, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $15-$25. Majlis Art Garden, 163 Walnut. fourthgorgon.com.
L NassiM by Nassim Soleimanpour ñ
(Why Not Theatre/Luminato). See review, page 38. To Jun 16, see website for times. $39 & up. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. luminato.com. NNNN (Glenn Sumi) The PhaNToM oF The oPera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe (Cameron Mackintosh). See review, page 39. To Jun 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $79-$220. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. mirvish.com. NNN (Glenn Sumi) PiraTe shiP adveNTure Children’s interactive adventure theatre show aboard a 50-foot pirate ship. To Oct 8, see website for schedule. $27. Pirate Life Toronto, 333 Lake Shore E. 416-476-3836, piratelife.ca. PoTTed PoTTer: The uNauThorized harry exPerieNce by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner (Starvox). Show that condenses all sev- en Harry Potter books (and a game of Quidditch) into 70 minutes. To Jul 8, see website for times. $30-$100. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212, pottedpotter.com. LP rioT (Luminato). See review, page 39. To Jun 16, Thu & Sat 7 pm, plus Fri-Sat 9:45 pm. $39 & up. The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front E. luminato.com. NNN (Glenn Sumi)
sTriNG oF Pearls by Michele Lowe (Labour of Love). This drama spans several decades as a pearl necklace is passed from one character to another. To Jun 16, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $20. Studio 106. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw. stringofpearls.bpt.me.
Treasure islaNd by Robert Louis Stevenson (Solar Stage Children’s Theatre). Sea shanties and an epic pirate adventure for ages 5 & up. To Jul 1, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $20. Wychwood
Theatre, 76 Wychwood. solarstage.on.ca.
Out of town
drayToN eNTerTaiNMeNT Various shows tour theatres from Midland to Guelph, Kitchener, Cambridge and Grand Bend. To Dec 30, see website for schedule and maps. $27-$46. 1-855-372-9866, draytonentertainment.com. shaw FesTival The Magician’s Nephew, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Henry V, Grand Hotel, Stage Kiss and more. Runs to Oct 28. $35-$150. Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-5117429, shawfest.com. sTraTFord FesTival The Rocky Horror Show, An Ideal Husband, Coriolanus, The Music Man and others. To Nov 4. $25-$189, stu from $20. Stratford. stratfordfestival.ca.